Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Maintenance Tip: Change YOUR Furnace Filter

When my husband and I bought our first home in North St. Paul, MN, we had no idea of how to maintain a home. One case in point was our furnace and central air conditioning. We bought our home in September but it wasn’t until a year later when we had our furnace serviced for the first time that we changed the furnace filter! Yes. For an entire heating and cooling season our furnace had to suffer with one of those cheap forty-nine cent filters.

When I became a Realtor a few years later, I learned that we were not alone with forgetting to change filters. I have attended enough inspections and checked the filters at a few hundred homes in order to make this statement.

However, all joking aside, not changing your filter on your furnace not only wastes energy, it strains your heating/cooling system which could cause the system to fail. No one wants there air conditioning to fail on a 95 degree, humid Minnesota day. Nor would they want to be without heat on a bitter cold January morning.

Here is an easy way to remember to change that furnace filter. Filters should be changed monthly. It doesn’t matter if you buy the most expensive filter or the cheapest. The furnace filter should be changed monthly, period. Since most home owners also have a monthly mortgage payment, change the filter when you make your house payment!

If you are relocating to Minnesota, are looking for Homes for Sale in the north and east Twin Cities metro area and need help from a professional Realtor, give me a call. Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.